MOORESVILLE, NC — With Rickie Smith’s securement of his third NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Series Championship during the NHRA Toyota Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the number of top-level doorslammer racing championships won using power from Pat Musi Racing Engines jumped up to six in just the last four years. A Musi powerplant has been on board every PDRA Pro Nitrous world champion: Jason Harris (2014), Rickie Smith (2015) and Tommy Franklin (2016). Add to that Smith’s additional NHRA championships (2013, 2014 and now 2016), and Musi power has unabashedly dominated Pro Mod competition across both series.
“Rickie’s run has been astounding. I feel like he’s done everything he could do,” stated Musi, who is currently tuning cars in the Middle East. “I feel like we’ve done everything we could do. It’s been a pretty good run the last four years. Ever since he’s been with us, he’s won championships. He’s a big part of our whole program. He helps with the chassis, and we give him the power and reliability. The combination is obviously a winning one.”
MOORESVILLE, NC — After settling for runner-up in the championship standings at the conclusion of the first two seasons of the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA), Tommy Franklin was tired of playing second fiddle. This season he decided to do something about it. Not only did he win the 2016 Pro Nitrous championship, he did so by winning the final event of the year and smashing the national elapsed time record in the process, all with power from Pat Musi Racing Engines.
Musi engines dominated the 2016 Pro Nitrous Wars, but the points battle was still largely undecided heading into the last two events of the season. Franklin put himself in the final round of the postponed Bradenton event to take a slight lead in the points over Jay Cox. The two stayed neck-and-neck during the PDRA World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park until they met in the semi-final round of competition. The winner would be the 2016 Pro Nitrous world champion. Franklin knew conditions were prime and laid down a 3.699 at 204.20 MPH to Cox’s off-pace 5.76. At that point, the championship was his, but there was still work to be done.
MOORESVILLE, NC — Adding to the excitement leading up to the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) debut at the all-new GALOT Motorsports Park for Dragstock XIII, Pat Musi Racing Engines has announced an incredible contest to be held at the event.
Musi will be raffling off one of his complete 565 cubic inch carbureted engines specially designed for bracket racers. The grand prize winner will also receive a certificate good for $500 worth of Lucas Oil products, and the winners of the second and third place drawings will each receive $500 cash.
To purchase raffle tickets, contact Mason Harris at (804) 641-8999. Cash, check, or money order will be accepted. Tickets will also be available at the Musi Racing trailer beginning Thursday, September 8 during the Thursday Thunder test session at GALOT Motorsports Park, and sales will continue until the conclusion of the last round of qualifying on Saturday.
ROCK HILL, SC — It’s not hard for Lizzy Musi to stand out. As the lone female competitor at PDRA Pro Nitrous events, she is easily recognized. Add to that a successful career, including recently topping the ultra-competitive field at the PDRA North-South Shootout with a number one qualifier, and Lizzy owns a unique stance in drag racing. A new partnership with Indocil Art will combine Lizzy’s interests and style with artistic design, and she’s sure to turn heads once again.
Lizzy and Indocil Art mastermind Ryan Young have teamed up to create a series of helmets uniquely themed to her interests. Musi’s artistic side complement Young’s own to form a collaboration not normally seen between a racer and helmet painter, leading to a very unique design. The first helmet is inspired by ZZ Top’s “Eliminator” hit.
“I’m an MTV kid,” confessed Young, who says he owes his current business in part to rock and roll inspirations. “Being eight years old when MTV first aired, it shaped a huge portion of my impressionable young life, and no one could hold a candle to ZZ Top. ZZ Top politely informed this nerdy kid that you, too, could have the hot babydoll girlfriend if you had the keys to the right car. I built no less than three ’33 Ford model cars of the famed ‘Eliminator’ hot rod, trying each time to make it more like the car I drooled over during those rock and roll videos growing up. ZZ Top lit the fuse of a long love affair with hot rods, custom paint and rock and roll.”
MOORESVILLE, NC – Across classes and across series, Pat Musi racing engines are topping the competition both in performance and consistency. While Musi engines may be best known for their feats in Pro Nitrous (Lizzy Musi holds the current speed record and Tommy Franklin recorded the quickest-ever pass), the family business is taking customers to the winner’s circle across the board.
At the recent PDRA Spring Nationals it was a Musi engine, wielded by 2014 class champion Dan Ferguson, that showed up in the winner’s circle in Top Sportsman. In Top Dragster, Musi engines currently sit number one and number two in points with customers David Brown and Jimmy Sackuvich, respectively. It’s clear that Musi engines aren’t just fast, they’re consistent. Other than the run in which Ferguson coasted to the win because of his competitor’s red-light start, Ferguson’s car varied six thousandths of a second throughout race day. That kind of consistency when running at speeds over 180 MPH and covering the eighth-mile in just 3.98 seconds is an extraordinary feat for an engine.
PITTSBORO, NC – If Pat Musi Racing Engines wasn’t a household name among racers before 2014, it certainly is now. Although Musi has been a successful businessman and racer for decades, racking up a slew of awards and championships, 2014 may have been the greatest standout year of his career.
Pat Musi Racing Engines won championships in nearly every major professional Pro Mod organization. Jason Harris had a dominating year in the new Professional Drag Racers Association, storming Pro Nitrous and securing his first Pro Mod Championship. Tommy Franklin finished second to Harris in PN points with the PDRA, but was not to be outdone with the Extreme Outlaw Pro Mods, winning four events in 2014 en route to being crowned EOPM Champ. Finally, Rickie Smith went back-to-back, coming out on top for the second year in a row as NHRA Pro Mod Champion.
PITTSBORO, NC – For as long as Tricia Musi can remember she’s wanted to drive race cars. In her younger years she watched father, Pat Musi, build his engine business and field his own cars. In more recent years Tricia has supported her sister Lizzy as she sprung into the professional eighth mile spotlight. Now, though, it’s finally Tricia’s turn.
In 2015 the youngest Musi daughter will field the car previously driven by Lizzy, a 2010 Dodge Stratus, in PDRA Top Sportsman. Under the hood will be a 903 ci Musi powerplant. The operation is owned by Mike Bankston, who Tricia totes as being a major force behind making her dreams come true.